Dr. William Franklin “Bill” Moore, Sr. age 80 of Rocky Mount passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in Lewis-Gale Hospital.
Bill was born on September 9, 1938 a son of the late John William and Jesephine Seymore Moore and also preceded in death by his first wife, Trecillia Leonard Moore; brother, Danny Moore; sisters, Marybelle Moore Saar and Irene Moore Hinchey.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Smith Moore; children: Melissa Trecillia Moore, William Franklin Moore, Jr. and wife Liz, Pamela Moore Laprade and husband Billy Laprade; grandchildren, Hayden Arrington, Holden Arrington, Alyssa Graves, Mallory Laprade, Marissa Laprade; great-granddaughter Lydia Arrington, and other family members, friends, Sunday School and church family of Boones Mill Baptist.
Bill was a graduate of Berea College and Virginia Tech University where he obtained his PhD and was a Professor at Berry College, Morehead State University, and finally Ferrum College, where he developed a nationally recognized agriculture program that continues to succeed. He was most proud of his professional accomplishments, including his PhD, which helped his student alumni develop successful careers under his instruction as a college professor because of his special teaching talent. His passions were God, the love of his life, Rose Moore, his family, including children, grandchildren, great-granddaughter, as well as his students and his church. He is remembered by his constant positive attitude, continuous jokes and laughter, and the happiness he exuded with his smile and the spark in his eye until the end. He was a man of faith, honor, love, and prayer. He is a legend and lived his beliefs until his death.
The family would like to express a special appreciation the to the doctors from PAV who have given us a long life with him and to the nurses, physical therapy, and staff at the Virginia Veterans Care Center who encouraged, strengthened, and loved him with their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Boones Mill Baptist Church Senior Sunday School 2nd Saturday Breakfast, P.O. Box 230 Boones Mill, VA 24065.
Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Conner-Bowman Funeral Home with Pastors James H. Steele and Bob Greene officiating. Interment will follow with military honors in Mountain View Memorial Park.
Following the committal service, family and friends are invited back to Boones Mill Baptist Church for food, fellowship and laughter as Bill wanted laughter, NOT tears.
Arrangements by Conner-Bowman Funeral Home & Crematory, 62 VA Market Place Drive (Route 220 @ Wirtz Road) Rocky Mount. www.connerbowman.com (540)334-5151